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Smalls Bar Melbourne by Fiona Lynch

Franky March - Friday, January 01, 2016

Nestled in a South Melbourne laneway, this petite wine bar is the work of Fiona Lynch. The intimate space reflects the nature of the smaller producer wines on the menu, while also flaunting contemporary design elements by using materials like the bespoke ceramic bar, and the different accents of marbles and brass scattered throughout that provide a unique visual interest. 

Via Yellowtrace 

Marble Umbrella Stand by Thom Fougere

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Wednesday, December 30, 2015

This Umbrella Stand by Canada-based designer Thom Fougere is typical of the studio's aesthetic that pays careful attention to material choices, functionality and design. Bridging the gap between a utilitarian product and a sculptural object, the stand offers an elegant place to store one's umbrella. 

Customisable Layer chair by Sohyun Yun

Anna Coe - Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Korean designer Sohyun Yun has come up with the ultimate way to design your own chair, simply by inserting various patterns intro an acrylic framework.

Via DesignBoom.

Tennessee Farmhouse by Meyer Davis

Anna Coe - Tuesday, December 29, 2015

oasting picturesque, sweeping rural landscapes, this Nashville property provided the ideal idyllic backdrop for a couple's vision to create an inviting family retreat. New York-based firm Meyer Davis Studio rose to the challenge, conceptualising a dramatic contemporary interpretation of a hunting lodge, drawing reference from modernist icons such as the Farnsworth House. The home's striking transparency and simple geometric representation of the natural topography, results in what is essentially a glass box that takes advantage of all available views. Residing purposefully within the landscape on a grass plinth, the Farmhouse exudes a sense of permanence. The fluidity between indoors and out is achieved through spatial playfulness, combined with exquisitely detailed materials, making this a truly special home. The residence also provides welcoming and expansive entertaining areas along with ample space to display the owners' eclectic art collection. The windows offer continual cinematic views of the property and as it changes throughout the seasons it establishes a natural palette, so using authentic, durable materials was important. The rustic finishes used range from thick leather and heavy fabrics to wire-brushed wood and stone that reveal the space's natural character. The result is a simply magnificent home that is destined to become a significant architectural reference point for its era in years to come.

Key pieces featured: Boffi Pipe Shower (available here), Agape Spoon bath and Maxalto Agathos armchair (both from Matisse) and CH24 Wishbone chair (available from Cult).

Bandol Restaurant by Kinnersley Kent Design

Franky March - Monday, December 28, 2015

This new 70 seater restaurant in London is a copper lovers dream. Located on Chelsea's Hollywood Road, the eatery features an abundance of copper, distressed oak, concrete, brick, smoked glass, and design forward lighting. On entry, you'll have direct sightline to the back of the restaurant where greenery is smattered, and a large olive tree stands proudly. 

Via Contemporist 

Flora collection by Marcin Rusak

Samantha Saxton-Beer - Saturday, December 26, 2015

London designer has created a colelction of furniture and lighting by encasing flowers in resin, the cutting the blocks to reveal the petals inside. The resulting range includes a lamp, a screen and a table - all embedded with flowers sourced from local markets and stalls. 

Via Dezeen

Arizona Desert House by Chen + Suchart

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Wednesday, December 23, 2015

In the desert landscape of Scottsdale Arizona, local architecture firm Chen + Suchart Studio have completed this 3,000 square foot residence. The house is conceived as three separate volumes whose relationship to one another dictates the use and form of the structure by providing a very private ground level while still allowing enough transparency to enjoy the views of the McDowell mountains. 

Sliding glass walls connect the interior and exterior transforming the use and feel of the spaces on the ground level. Above, the master suite and office look down onto the yard through a wrap around balcony that creates a deep eave to control the intense direct sunlight. The three structures that make up the residence work in conjunction to represent the site to its fullest. 

GamFratesi for Gebruder Thonet

Samantha Saxton-Beer - Monday, December 21, 2015

Danish design duo GamFratesi have incorporated patterned cane panels into a collection of steam-bent wood furniture for Gebrüder Thonet. Unveiled this year at the 2015 Milan fair, the range is composed of a two-seater sofa, armchair, office chair, desk and a pair of high and low-backed dining chairs. 

Via Dezeen

Unfinished Concrete House by Luciano Kruk

Franky March - Monday, December 21, 2015

Overlooking a golf course just north of the coastal town of Pinamar, Buenos Aires, this raw concrete structure on the dunes is a site to behold. Designed by architect Luciano Kruk, the structure is made of three stacked forms, some of which the aspects are half buried. The home exudes an ultra minimal and modern aesthetic, with an interior flaunting a neutral colour palette to not distract from the phenomenal views.

Via Contemporist 

MAH Residence by Mim Design

Samantha Saxton-Beer - Thursday, December 17, 2015

Mim Design have completed the interior of the MAH residence, a newly built home located in Brighton, Australia. Creating intimate and warm spaces within a large footprint with expansive glazing was the challenge faced by the Melbourne practice. The newly built family home is spread over two stories and features four bedrooms, four bathrooms, a powder room, rumpus, study open-plan kitchen and living, separate lounge, cellar and gym with much of the furniture specified through Cult

Via Contemporist.